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The Prankster and the Conspiracy

The Story of Kerry Thornley and How He Met Oswald and Inspired the Counterculture



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The Prankster and the Conspiracy by Adam Gorightly
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One of the 1960s counterculture's most fascinating characters was Kerry Wendell Thornley -- a writer, philosopher, Zen dishwasher, enlightened prankster, and, possibly, an Oswald double with disturbing ties to the Kennedy assassination. A lifelong provocateur, Thornley was linked to many of the fringe elements of the time. He helped create the spoof religion called the Discordian Society and its tract, the Principia Discordia. He coined the term "paganism" to describe various nature religions. And he befriended Robert Anton Wilson, inspired the Illuminatus, and gave his anarchic support to the Bavarian Illuminati, a brilliant prank.
Release date NZ
November 1st, 2003
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations, black and white
Paraview Press
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